Charter boat from the docks at Ranong is a common way to enter Kawthoung and has been used by travellers in Thailand looking for to extend their visa-free stays in Thailand. Travel agents in Ranong can arrange this for around 400 baht per person including transport to the dock but not including visa fees, which should be paid in pristine, unmarked Thai baht or US dollars as even a slight mark or tear will cause them to be rejected. Note, change is not usually given at the immigration office.
The most common way to get around town are motorcycle taxis. They cost 200 kyat per person for short distances, and about 2,000 kyat to the airport which is about 11 kilometres away.
Please dress modestly (cover shoulders, knees etc) especially in temples and pagodas.
The favourite for tourists and fortune riskers is Andaman Club Resort Hotel located on Thahtay Kyun Island about half an hour trip by boat from Kawthaung or Ranong. The club is famous for its casino gambling, the only international gambling place in Myanmar on the Andaman side. Not far from the town, there are Kayin Kwa and other such as Myauk Ni and Salone Islands, a part of Mergui Archipelago. They are good places for diving and other sea activities since the place can still be regarded as virgin and undisturbed. Nearby Kawthung has a small waterfall and hot spring at Maliwun Village about 38 kilometres north from the town. It can be reached within half an hour by car..
You can use Baht everywhere in the town area. Still, they don't always have change and the prices paid with Baht are a little bit more expensive. The are several places to change money, including some of the IP Star Shops. The rate is about 3,500 kyat for 100 baht.
There are a lot of restaurants around town. In the cheaper ones it is 400 kyat for a bowl of noodles.
Myanmar Beer is good, and costs about 20 baht per glass.
The Smile restaurant is close to the guesthouse. In the evening it is a karaoke bar, with both locals and guest singing.
Foreigners are only allowed to stay in three hotels: the Honey Bear Hotel for 800 Baht, a guesthouse for 400 Baht and another place that is even more expensive.
The guesthouse is quiet and has a nice rooftop, but the facilities are basic and the toilets are outside the room. Electricty and water operates most of the time.
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